April 21st edition of:

Community Update
A Report on the Activities of Alachua County Government

 

This Issues Features:

County Commission Chair Chestnut Interviewed on Alachua County Talks
Community Agency Partnership Program Advisory Board Openings
Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program
“NW 16th Avenue Transformation” April Project Update
New WIC Clinic in Gainesville
E-Permitting is Now Available
April is Fair Housing Month
April Extension Programs
21st Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway
04-22-15 Special Meeting
Commission Highlights

County Commission Chair Chestnut Interviewed on Alachua County Talks

The latest edition of Alachua County Talks features an interview with Alachua County Commission Chair Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV. Commissioner Chestnut discusses the current state of Alachua County and the accomplishments of County Departments over the last fiscal year.

In speaking of the program, Alachua County Talks host Mark Sexton said, “The discussion coincides with the release of the 2014 Alachua County Annual Report. Commissioner Chestnut discusses and highlights many of the County’s accomplishments and programs.  Citizens willing to commit 28 minutes to view the interview will gain a good understanding of how the County works.”

View the Interview Online

View the County’s Annual Report

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Community Agency Partnership Program Advisory Board Openings

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for its Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP) Advisory Board for the FY2015/16 competitive grant funding process. This evaluation committee meets during the months of June and July to evaluate requests for funding from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that serve lower income citizens. After evaluation, the committee makes its recommendations to the County Commission. There are currently 4 citizen-at-large positions open.

Attendance is mandatory for the following ten meetings:

Citizens able to commit to the meeting schedule can submit an application online

For more information, contact CAPP Manager Lee Roberts at 352-264-6707 or ldroberts@alachuacounty.us.

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Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department (ACEPD) is offering the Florida Stormwater, Erosion, and Sedimentation Control Inspector Training and Certification Program on April 28 and 29, 2015, at the Waccasassa Forestry Center’s District Office (5353 N.E. 39th Ave., Gainesville). The training is free, but participants must register by April 21.

Participants learn the importance of preventing construction site sedimentation from polluting local water bodies. They also learn techniques to minimize erosion.

This certification program was developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and is team taught by numerous professionals. This class is co-sponsored by the Gainesville Clean Water Partnership.

Qualifying participants can earn 8 Continuing Education Units for their Contractor’s License and/or 8 Professional Development hours for their Florida Professional Engineer’s License.

For more information or to register, click here or contact Alachua County Senior Environmental Specialist Gregory Owen at 352-264-6833 or gowen@alachuacounty.us.

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“NW 16th Avenue Transformation” April Project Update

Alachua County Public Works is keeping citizens informed about the “NW 16th Avenue Transformation Project” by issuing a monthly press release giving updated information on the project’s progress.

The 4 mile project includes milling, resurfacing, and reconstruction of NW 16th Avenue from NW 57th Terrace to NW 13th Street. It also includes widening 16th Avenue to 4-lanes from NW 57th Terrace to NW 55th Street, widening the sidewalks, upgrading the pedestrian facilities to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, addressing safety and operational issues through intersection and median opening modifications, and stabilizing the retaining walls along the corridor.

During the month of March, the contractor completed the drainage work at the Richmond Subdivision and the reconstruction work of the northern two lanes of NW 16th Avenue, from NW 31st Drive to NW 22nd Street. For this work, the corridor has been reduced to one lane in each direction at this section of roadway. The contractor is in the process of completing the work required to switch the traffic to the completed northern lanes; reconstruction (clay removal) of the southern lanes will commence this month. Additionally, traffic patterns have been altered from approximately NW 58th Boulevard to NW 54th Terrace to complete roadway widening and reconstruction; the work will commence this month. Motorist should expect delays when traveling through these areas, and staff encourage motorists to adhere to the reduced speed limit of 30 mph through these work zones for the safety of construction personnel and for the safety of motorists entering and exiting the roadway. In addition to the previously mentioned altered traffic patterns, motorists should expect nighttime lane closures along the project corridor.

The contractor is scheduled to have traffic restored to four lanes by the end of May.  The final layer of asphalt, final striping, and final punch list (which will have minimal impact to the traveling public) are scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Click to view the Northwest 16th Avenue Transformation project report (PDF). This document will be updated monthly and changes/new information will be highlighted in red.

For more information, contact Alachua County Transportation Engineering Manager, Brian Singleton at 352-548-1306 or bsingleton@alachuacounty.us.

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New WIC Clinic in Gainesville

The Florida Department of Health Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in North Central Florida has a new clinic in SW Gainesville. This is WIC’s third clinic in Alachua County and is located within the newly renovated Southwest Health Clinic (816 S.W. 64th Terrace, Gainesville). Prospective and current clients may call to inquire about the program or schedule an appointment at the local number (352-225-4343) or the toll-free number (1-800-494-2543).

“The Alachua WIC Program provides nutrition screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and other social services,” stated Diana Duque, Community Program Manager at the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.  “We encourage those women who are pregnant, and mothers of children less than 5 years old, to contact the WIC program for eligibility assistance.”

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County website or contact Diana Duque at 352-225-4355 or Diana.Duque@flhealth.gov.

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E-Permitting is Now Available

The Alachua County Department of Growth Management has released the “E-Permitting” system. This electronic permitting system allows state licensed contractors who are currently registered with the Alachua County Building Department and have an Alachua County Certification Number, to sign up and apply for electrical, mechanical, mechanical commercial, plumbing commercial, solar panel, tree removal, roofing, window and door replacement, and other residential type permits online.

This system was designed in-house to provide the local building community an easy to use, web-based electronic permitting system that speeds up the process of permitting projects not requiring building plan review.

To view a complete list of available permits and to register, visit the E-Permitting website.

View/download the E-Permitting Guide (PDF).

For more information, contact Alachua County Growth Management at 352-374-5243.

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April is Fair Housing Month

In celebration of Fair Housing Month in Alachua County, the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office is reminding residents about the County’s Human Rights Ordinance.

The Human Rights Ordinance of Alachua County prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or familial status in the sale or rental of housing.

The following are unlawful and discriminatory housing practices because of a protected status:

For more information or to file a fair housing complaint, contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275. TDD/TTY users, please call 352-374-5284 or 711 FL Relay.

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April Extension Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences Programs

This program is being offered by Brenda C. Williams, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent (with Muriel Turner, Levy County Extension Agent).

Canning Workshop - April 21, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (and repeated from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at the Dixie County Public Library (16328 S.E. Highway 19, Cross City).

Call 352-498-1219 to pre-register.

Basic information on canning foods using the steam pressure canner or boiling-water canner. Directions and tips will also be included on making jams, jellies, and pickles.

There is no charge, and printed materials will be available for $3.00 per set.

View/download the event flyer (PDF).

Commercial Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered by Aparna Gazula, Commercial Horticulture Agent, at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Beekeeping Program – April 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Plant Science Field Classrooms (located on UF campus behind 1301 Fifield Hall, Gainesville).

This program covers hive disease and pest management. There will be demonstrations with live bees (protective clothing is required).

No registration fee.

Green Industries Best Management Practices – April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds areas. This is a required training class for all commercial and institutional fertilizer applicators in Alachua County according to the Alachua County Fertilizer Standards and Management Practices Code.

Registration is $25.00, and includes materials and lunch.

View/download the program brochure (PDF).

Environmental Horticulture Programs

These programs are being offered at the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office (2800 NE 39 Avenue, Gainesville) unless otherwise indicated.

Native Plants for Your Landscape for Earth Day – April 22, from    4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (presented by Alachua County Master Gardener Volunteer)

This program teaches the correct use of native plants (putting the right plant in the right place).

Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Pruning – April 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Tower Road Branch Library (3020 SW 75 Street, Gainesville). This program is presented by Wendy Wilber, Environmental Horticulture Agent.

This program explains techniques and timing for correct pruning, and placing the right plant in the right place.

There is no cost to attend these classes, but space is limited. Pre-register at least 3 days prior to class by calling 352-337-6209 (voice mail).

For more information about these programs, please call 352-955-2402. Visit the Extension Office calendar for additional programs offered by the UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County Office.

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21st Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway

The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department’s 21st Annual Recycled Latex Paint Giveaway is on Saturday, May 2, 2015, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center, which is located at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station (5125 NE 63rd Avenue, Gainesville, 2 miles north of 39th Avenue, off Waldo Road). The Hazardous Waste Collection Center offers free recycled paint to all Alachua County residents on a first-come, first-serve basis with a 10-gallon limit per household.  Paint will be available in five-gallon pails in the following colors: white, beige, gray, terra cotta, green, and blue.

Recycled latex paint is distributed as part of the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Reuse/Recycle Program. Paint is collected from residents throughout the year, and is then shipped to Scott Paint in Sarasota, where the latex paint is sorted by color, blended and then pigments are added to create five-gallon buckets of recycled paint.

Using this recycling method, approximately 3,600 gallons of 75% post-consumer recycled latex paint is made available free of charge to County residents with special emphasis on community organizations and residents with special needs. During the past 12 months, some non-profits benefitting from this Reuse-Recycle Program include: Sisters Helping Sisters in Need, Christians Concerned for the Community, SAFE ID4Families, United Way of North Central Florida, and Vets for Vets.

“Our goal is to connect resources and volunteers with our partner agencies and other non-profits in need of assistance,” says Dana Clayton, Vice President of Resource Development for the United Way of North Central Florida. “We were able to help the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) connect with the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Reuse/Recycle Program to secure enough paint to revamp its Family Resource Center.”

Residents unable to attend the event can pick up non-recycled free paint of varying quality and quantity at the Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s Recycle/Reuse Area. Residents can pick up this paint and other household products during normal business hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

For more information, visit the Hazardous Waste Collection Center’s website or call 352-334-0440.

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04-22-15 Special Meeting

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the Jack Durrance Auditorium, located on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The meeting agenda includes:

1. Alachua County Manager Lee A. Niblock’s “Looking Forward to a Sustainable Future” presentation

Citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting. It will be available to view live on Cox Channel 12 or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

Citizens are encouraged to stay engaged by clicking on and signing up for the following products: Facebook Twitter Newsletter/Press Release

For more information, contact the Alachua County Communications Office at 352-374-5204.

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Commission Highlights

Elizabeth Scrivener Recognition
The Board publicly recognized Elizabeth Scrivener for her dedicated service to Alachua County citizens.
Attachment: blushtscrivener.pdf

Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Board proclaimed April 2015 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: Child Abuse Prevention Month 2015.pdf

Fair Housing Month
The Board proclaimed April 2015 as “Fair Housing Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: Fair Housing Month 2015.pdf

National Drug Court Month
The Board proclaimed May 2015 as “National Drug Court Month” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: National Drug Court Month 2015.pdf

National Public Safety Telecommunications Week
The Board proclaimed April 12 - 18, 2015 as “National Public Safety Telecommunications Week” in Alachua County, FL
Attachment: National Public Safety Telecommunications Week 2015.pdf

UF Mobile Clinic
The Board authorized a contract amendment extension and authorized up to $80,250 to reimburse the UF Mobile clinic for services rendered through June 30, 2015 from the CHOICES Trustfund and authorized the Chair’s signature.
Bond Closing Documents
The Board adopted the attached resolutions, approve the budget amendment and authorize the Chair and Clerk to sign all bond closing documents for the 2015A and 2015B bonds.
Amount: $3,800,000.00 and $12,749,000
Attachment: PFM Recommendation Memo 2015AB final.pdf

Property Assessed Clean Energy
Concerning the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) the Board:
Heard presentation and accepted the staff report on the review of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs in Florida, the current legal issues related to PACE, and steps to adoption and implementation of PACE in Alachua County in advance of the Florida Supreme Court Decision.
Directed staff to finalize issues related to third party administrators / providers of PACE programs for commercial and residential properties according to:
Countywide jurisdiction,
Fiscal and legal viability of providers for Alachua County,
Approval provisions of the lender,
The equity provision of the property,
Credit approval methodology to identify risk and identify ways to mitigate risks and
Total scope of services and projected uptake and benefits for the community.
Attachment: AdoptingImplementingConcerns 041415.pdf

Attachment: Attachment 2 Summation Report 041415.pdf

Attachment: Attachment 3 Comparative Matrix 041415.pdf

Senior Exemptions
Cost Analysis for Providing Senior Exemptions to County Property Taxes
Amount: $58,318.00-$204,172.00
Recommended Action: Receive cost Analysis for consideration.
Attachment: Senior Exemptions memo 4.6.15 (3).pdf

Lion Restoration
The Board directed staff to proceed with the restoration of both lions from the old Courthouse and display of one lion in the corridor of County Admin. Bldg.
Amount: $4,350.00
Attachment: Reserve Sheet for Fund 001.pdf
Attachment: FineArchDetail Attachments2015.pdf
Attachment: BudgetAmendmentForm.pdf
Attachment: April14 2015 Powerpoint Lion Statues.pdf

Attachment: FineArchDetail Letter2015.pdf
Attachment: Lion artifacts revised bid 3 4 15.pdf
Attachment: Staff Lion Report Update March 2015 with sketches.pdf

Landscape Irrigation
The Board directed staff to:
Return with a draft Landscape Irrigation System Efficiency Code and budget analysis suitable for requesting Board approval to advertise for a public hearing.
Return with a draft Florida Friendly Landscaping TM Code and budget analysis suitable for requesting Board approval to advertise for a public hearing.
Attachment: WaterConservationPresentation.pdf

Attachment: DRAFTIrrigationEfficiencyCode.pdf



PetSmart Charities
The Board approved the agreement with PetSmart Charities and approved the waiving of the indemnification policy, the Board finds that accepting this liability is in the best interests of Alachua County and the Board agrees to accept the liability under the Agreement.
Attachment: PetSmartCharitiesContract2.pdf

Budget Amendments
The Board conducted a Public Hearing, Adopted Resolutions and Approved Budget Amendments for the FY15 budget.
Attachment: Summary by Dept.pdf

Attachment: 1 Resolution for FY15 MidYear General County Budget.pdf

Attachment: 5 Resolution for FY15 MidYear GAS TAX Budget.pdf

Attachment: 4 Resolution for FY15 MidYear MSTU Law Enforcement Budget.pdf

Attachment: Legal Ad MIDYEAR FY15 to Sun WITH ADJUSTMENTS.pdf

Attachment: Summary by Fund.pdf

Attachment: 3 Resolution for FY15 MidYear MSTU Fire Protection Services Budget.pdf

Attachment: FY2015 MidYear Adjustment Explanation.pdf

Attachment: FY15 Consolidated BA PDF.pdf

Attachment: FY15 Reserves with Mid Year Adjustments.pdf

Attachment: 2 Resolution for FY15 MidYear MSTU Unincorporated Budget.pdf

Ponderosa Addition
The Board adopted the Resolution to vacate a portion of the Ponderosa Addition subdivision as requested.
Attachment: Ponderosa_maps.pdf
Attachment: Ponderosa_Resolution_with_ExA.pdf

Attachment: PP_PONDEROSA_PLAT_VAC.pdf

Unified Land Development Code
The Board convened as the Land Development Regulation Commission and found the proposed amendments consistent with the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan as provided in the staff report. The Board then reconvened as the BoCC and adopted the ordinance amending the Unified Land Development Code.
Attachment: ULDC_Ord_4_14_15.pdf

Attachment: PowerPoint__ULDC_2nd_Hearing_4_14_15.pdf

Attachment: ULDC_Ord_Exhibit_A_4_14_15.pdf

Attachment: ULDC_StaffReport_4_14_15.pdf

Attachment: PowerPoint__ULDC_2nd_Hearing_4_14_15.pptx

Special Exception to Permit Agricultural Services
The Board approved Resolution Z-15-8, approving ZOX-01-15, a special exception to permit agricultural services.
Attachment: Stone Plus SE Master Plan.pdf

Attachment: Resolution for ZOX0115.pdf

Attachment: ZOX0115 PowerPoint.pdf

Attachment: ZOX0115 Staff Report.pdf

Attachment: ZOX0115 PowerPoint.pptx

Special Exception to Permit Agricultural Services
The Board approved Resolution Z-15-7 rescinding ZOX-03-96, a special exception permitting agricultural services.
Attachment: Request to Rescind ZOX_03_96.pdf

Attachment: Resolution for Rescission of ZOX0396.pdf

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